A two-car accident involving an 18-wheeler on Sunday, May 9th, led to Interstate 45 near Palmer being shut down for more than 12 hours. The accident occurred when the 18-wheeler collided with a stalled vehicle.
According to authorities, two people were injured in an accident on Sunday that took place on the southbound lanes of I-45 near the 258-mile marker. The crash occurred at around 4:30 in the morning.
The accident involved a Dodge Ram that had stalled in the outside lane of I-45 without warning lights engaged. An 18-wheeler carrying a load of empty plastic bottles failed to see the stationary vehicle in the early morning dark and crashed into the Ram.
Police report that two individuals were hurt in the event, but it is currently unclear whether those individuals were drivers or passengers.
Following the incident, I-45 was shut down for more than 12 hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the scene.
Stalled Vehicles: Common Causes and How to React
When a car “stalls,’ it means that the vehicle’s engine has died. This can occur at any time, including while you’re driving on the highway. While an engine stall can happen for plenty of reasons, the most common include:
- A dead battery
- An empty gas tank
- Too much moisture in the gas tank
- Low fuel pressure
- A dirty air filter
- A faulty fuel pump, EGR valve, or alternator
- Issues releasing the clutch on manual transmission vehicles
When a car stalls, usually the first thing to go is power steering. When that happens, steering will become much more challenging. At this point, you should put on your turn signal and slowly attempt to pull off onto the shoulder while applying your brakes. Power brakes are normally the second function to fail in a stall, but your car should come to rest either way as it loses momentum.
When most of us experience a stall on the highway, our first impulse may be to get out and pop the hood. Unfortunately, that can be an incredibly unwise decision. Walking around on the side of the highway, especially near a stalled or stationary vehicle, is far more dangerous than sticking inside your vehicle.
Walking on the highway is so dangerous due to the fact that you have no protection from passing traffic. If you’re hit by a car, it’s much safer to be inside a car or truck than on the roadway. Even if a passing vehicle doesn’t come close enough to hit you, they could run into your empty vehicle, putting you in danger of being struck.
Here’s a handy guide to show you what to do if your car stalls on the highway to keep yourself calm and protected. Download our guide and share it with friends to help them stay safe, too.
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